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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 9 issue 45

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wishes of the majority? Did it make sense? In the five blocks application approved by Mr Ortmann, Mr Hornsby had claimed that the development had no neighbours. In fact it clearly did: its entire 200 metre southern boundary was shared by a two hectare block owned by an objector. Mayor Leslie Oldfield presented a letter of objection signed by about 80 people. It was counted as just one objection by the Planning Authority at the time, headed by Jim Robertson, a former CLP Minister. Yet when these issues were put before the Supreme Court by objectors, they found that under NT law the court couldn't pass judgement on them. All it could judge was whether or not the administrative processes had been followed properly. The court found they had been, and the case was lost. In all this Mr Hornsby has become something of a bogeyman of real estate development. In fairness to Mr Hornsby it needs to be said that he was just exploiting the opportunities offered by the system. His latest application is a great example of how it works. His winery is five hectares. That means Mr Hornsby is entitled to subdivide into two lots, neither of them smaller than two hectares. Mr Hornsby asked for four blocks. The DCA was obliged to receive the application. The DCA advertised it for two weeks, inviting submissions from the public. Very few people saw the newspaper advertisement but neighbours noticed the pink signs on the fence. A by now well established network sprang into action, producing 19 objections in the very short amount of time allowed. Mr Hornsby was given access to these objections. After the deadline for submissions had passed, the DCA received 14 expressions of support for the application. These late submissions were accepted. Although objectors get an opportunity of addressing the DCA at a hearing, they were denied access to the 14 submissions in support, and so had no chance of commenting on them. At this stage the objectors, people with job and family obligations, had studied the application, conferred with fellow residents, in some cases attended a meeting of the Alice Springs Rural Area Association (ASRAA), written an objection and sent it off. Their reward, if they succeeded, would be blocking an unreasonable threat to their lifestyle. The reward to the applicant if he succeeded would be a very large amount of money. NEXT: On November 28 the futile ritual of the hearing unfolds. Mr Hornsby did not respond to an invitation from the Alice News to comment on these issues. [Declaration of interest: The author of this comment is a rural resident, a long time member of the ASRAA and an objector to Mr Hornsby's application.] BLACK TRAINING SCHEME: NOT SHAME THEM? Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. Tangentyere Council will not disclose the attendance records of 20 Aboriginal building trainees in an 18 months program receiving $1.2m in government funds. The program, with a target participation of 24 people, will cost $50,000 per person to bring them to a level where they can enter a "full apprenticeship". At the moment 20 are employed and program manager Peter Strachan says it is planned to employ four more next year. He says three of the 20 trainees who started in July this year have left. The four working in Laramba (an excision from Napperby cattle station) have the strongest attendance record of "nearly 100 per cent". But Mr Strachan says he will not disclose the attendance records of trainees in Hermanns-burg, St Teresa, Yuendumu and Papunya because he does not wish to "shame" them, except to say that the record "varies strongly". The trainees in each community are working with a tradesman. Currently five houses are under construction, the one in Hermannsburg nearing completion. The target is to complete 12 houses by the end of June 2003. Centralian College in Alice Springs is also providing training.